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Collection Scope and Content Note


: The four letters in this collection were written in 1863 and 1864. Three are from Philip Nearpass, a Union soldier, to his sister Libbie Nearpass of Arcadia, N.Y. (now Newark and Palmyra). The last is from Jacob Wentzel, also a Union soldier, to Libbie Nearpass, presumably written after Philip's death.

Philip asks for news from home, health and welfare of friends and family, and tells of battles and the long marches he has gone through. In his third letter he is dismayed that he has received no word in return from Libbie, their mother, nor any other family. Other names appear in the fourth letter.

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